The extraordinary rise and spectacular crash of Hascol Petroleum

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The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government has recently waived off approximately 208 billion rupees in Gas Infrastructure Development Cess, more famously known as GIDC, to ‘influential’...

In a country awash in weapons, running a legal gun shop is a tough business

A report published by Small Arms Survey, a research project at the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, in June 2018 estimated...

Waging war against the gawala

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Highest price, dominant market share: the curious case of Atlas Honda

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Why Sheikh Imranul Haque’s imprisonment should terrify Corporate Pakistan

Sheikh Imranul Haque has been in jail for approximately one month and nobody in the government – not even the serious looking men charged...

What does Babar Ali want to do with IGI Holdings?

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Beleaguered or privileged: The curious case of Pakistan’s Pharma Industry

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Inside the murky world of college counseling

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Will Imran Khan’s new local govt system be a game changer — not just for governance but also for the economy?

On May 1 this year, two pieces of legislation were bludgeoned through the Punjab Assembly that put out of commission a staggering 58,000 elected...

The multibillion rupee pension scam

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Ufone’s 4G delay: PTCL’s calculated risk or strategic blunder?

On the surface, it looks like a clear cut mistake: the state-owned Pakistan Telecommunications Company Ltd (PTCL) owns Ufone, which until just a few...

News in numbers: This might just be the most important chart you ever see, your life depends on it

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News in numbers: PSX is not for the faint hearted and get rich quick guys, or so you might think

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As interest rates rise, Pakistan’s auto industry expected to take a hit

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